Local Studies Publication & E-publication Awards

The object of the Awards is to encourage the production of high quality, publicly or locally funded local history publications. They are open to all heritage and community organisations, as well as individuals that have self-published. Our criteria for assessing the award are not just about the quality and content of a publication, but its whole journey i.e. how it was conceived, who is involved and how it was funded.

We especially welcome submissions from: libraries, archives, museum and archaeology services; small local museums and heritage centres; Local History societies; community history projects; local authors. Our definition of ‘publications’ includes: books, maps, manuscripts, prints, drawings, exhibition catalogues, bibliographies, CDs, DVDs, websites, Apps, and social media including blogs. A list of previous winners can be found on Wikipedia

Library Services Trust and CILIP Local Studies Group

The Awards are administered by the Library Services Trust and CILIP Local Studies Group. The Trust is responsible for several other awards while the Local Studies Group supports people working in local studies librarianship.

Alan Ball is now retired but was formerly Chief Librarian of the London Borough of Harrow. He was for many years an officer and member of the London and Home Counties Branch Committee of the Library Association, which has published a number of books written by him on local history topics. This Award is named after him in recognition of his service to the Branch.

2021 Award

We have three categories:

  • Print publication – for best hardcopy publication 
  • E-publication – for best digital publication (e-books, journals, websites or virtual exhibitions, blogs and apps. Please note: we are unable to include digital installations within heritage or museum sites)
  • Community Award – for best community publication in either category.

The publication needs to have appeared between July 2019 and December 2021.

Nominations including a copy of the publication or link to e-content to be submitted by January 2022

The Prize

Winners will be given a certificate, the use of a winner’s logo and accorded the title of Alan Ball Award winner, which can be used on promotional material.

Submitting your entry

Nominations close in January 2022. For the print publication prize, we would like a hard copy of any item you submit together with a paper entry form to: Terry Bracher (Chairman of CILIP LSG) c/o Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham. SN15 3QN

To nominate your e-project, complete the form below:


Any other questions?

Contact Terry Bracher (Chairman of CILIP LSG) c/o Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham. SN15 3QN, email: terry.bracher@wiltshire.gov.uk or telephone: 01249 705515.